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Senior Executive Service Is Meant to Be Mobile, according to Lawmaker
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Senior Executive Service Is Meant to Be Mobile, according to Lawmaker

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has introduced legislation that would require senior executives at VA to be reassigned every five years. Wait, mobile mean change jobs every five years?  Old school, man, old school. The head of the House #veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday defended his legislative proposal to reassign VA senior executives to new posts every five years and limit the number of bonuses the...

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What’s Good for People? Moving from Wellness to Well-Being

Our latest paper, commissioned by Knoll Download Key Take-Aways The bottom line impact is clear, wellness needs to be a strategic priority. Stockholders would demand it, if they understood. Most organizations invest in wellness, but few address broader well-being. The indirect costs of poor health and well-being trump direct costs by a wide margin. There is a direct relationship between well-being and healthcare costs, productivity and...

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ReWork: Rethinking Work and Well-being | Arianna Huffington
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ReWork: Rethinking Work and Well-being | Arianna Huffington

“Well-being has migrated from marginal to mainstream, finally coming to be seen for what it is: the best way, indeed the only way, to maximize not just happiness and fulfillment but productivity, creativity and, yes, profit. It’s the only sustainable way forward, not just for individuals but for companies, communities and the planet.” Read the full article at huffingtonpost.com


Is Airbnb the next WeWork?
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Is Airbnb the next WeWork?

Redefine business travel for your team with Airbnb. Help your team always feel at home, at any price point, anywhere they go, whether for group trips, team off-sites or extended stays.

Source: www.airbnb.co.uk

Looks like Airbnb wants a piece of the workplace pie. Their new video features happy employees using Airbnb's for team off-sites and company retreats. 


WeWork’s purchase of people tracking software raises privacy issues
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WeWork’s purchase of people tracking software raises privacy issues

WeWork’s chief product officer said they’re aiming for a “Google analytics for space,” but their new tech acquisition raises questions about privacy i

Source: therealdeal.com

The WeWork model offers a rich source of data about what people like and dislike about a space. It also affords them insights about how and when people use various types of spaces. With the purchase of Euclid, they will now have the ability to track even more about how people utilize and move between spaces.

 

While the media response points to privacy issues, Euclid's technology is one of many that allows for people tracking. Smart phones, smart watches, sound and heat-sensing lightbulbs, programs that can 'watch' what employees are doing, and  many more technologies are becoming commonplace.

 

Working along side HR, IT, and Risk Management, organizations, particularly those in the U.S. who are not governed by GDPR, would be wise to take a deliberate stand on privacy now, before it is too late.


GitLab’s 2,000 page employee handbook available for free and it’s an amazing read!
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GitLab’s 2,000 page employee handbook available for free and it’s an amazing read!

"The GitLab team handbook is the central repository for how we run the company. Printed, it consists of over 2,000 pages of text. As part of our value of being transparent the handbook is open to the world, and we welcome feedback.

Source: about.gitlab.com

Why would you want to read a 2,000 page employee handbook? Because it's amazing. It covers everything from their core values to chat/email etiquette. There's a whole chapter devoted to communications protocols including how to keep virtual workers from feeling ostracized. Another chapter not only reveals the dozens of apps they use to manage their work, but details about how to use them. 


Is your job killing you? The answer is ‘yes’ for many of us.
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Is your job killing you? The answer is ‘yes’ for many of us.

Too many Americans are trapped in toxic jobs, a problem employers and employees need to take more seriously. Jeffrey Pfeffer, an organizational behavior professor at Stanford who wrote the book Dying for a Paycheck, found through his research that poor management in U.S. companies accounted for up to 8 percent of annual health costs and was associated with 120,000 excess deaths every year."

Source: www.huffpost.com

Work is the leading cause of stress and stress is a leading cause of many chronic problems including poor sleep, digestion, issues, depression, over-eating, pain, and more. While the article offers a couple of token ideas for reducing stress, the author's best advice to those with toxic jobs is to get a new one. Given the cost of losing a good employee and the war for talent, reducing employee stress and ferreting out the root causes ought to be an employer's job #1.


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